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England will be hosting Italy this Saturday for an important Group 3 match in League A of the ongoing edition of the Nations League.
Drawn in one of the toughest groups of the League, England has been struggling to collect points. The Three Lions traveled to Budapest to face Hungary in its first game, on the back of 9 consecutive unbeaten matches. However, they faced tough opposition, and despite enjoying a 58% possession, could manage just 4 goals on target, all of which were blocked by Hungarian keeper Peter Gulacsi.
Jordan Pickford wasn’t able to stop a penalty from Dominik Szoboszlai, and the home team succeeded in halting the English juggernaut. In its second consecutive game on the road, England traveled to Germany, where Harry Kane converted a penalty in the final minutes of the game to equalize Jonas Hofmann’s goal and enabled the visitors to clinch a solitary point.
Winless in two matches, England finds itself at the bottom of the table and faces the threat of relegation unless it manages to get back to winning ways soon.
On the other end of the table is Italy, sitting at the top, albeit with a single-point lead over Hungary. After playing a 1-1 draw against Germany in the first match of the competition, Italy started the game against Hungary as favorites on most football betting sites, and Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Pellegrini scored for the home team in the first half.
An own goal by Gianluca Mancini in the second half did give the visitors a glimmer of hope, but Italy managed to finish without any more hiccups and leapfrogged to the top of the tables. After failing to qualify for the World Cup finals for the second time in a row, Roberto Mancini’s team will be looking for some consolation here by securing a spot in the next stages of the Nations League, and a win in this match will be an important step in that direction.
Match prediction and football betting tips for England vs Italy Nations League 2022. The match is going to be played at the Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, on 11th June 2022.
While the Euro 2020 loss will still be weighing heavy on Gareth Southgate’s mind, the Italian squad looks a far cry away from what it was just 11 months ago, giving him a slice of hope. Kalvin Phillips, who withdrew from the game against Germany, is likely to miss out on this match due to a `dead leg´. Phil Foden is doubtful for this game, along with Fikayo Tomori, James Justin, and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
As for the visitors, Andrea Belotti and Leonardo Bonucci will not be traveling, while the absentees from game 2, including Gianluca Scamacca, Alessandro Florenzi, and Francesco Acerbi are likely to make a return. Giovanni di Lorenzo could start the game in place of Davide Calabria.
We are expecting an entertaining contest despite being played in front of empty stands, and England would be desperate to capitalize on the home advantage. They might just be able to avenge the Euro Cup loss here.
Bet on an England win.
Each of the last 2 matches for England and 4 of the last 7 matches for Italy have seen fewer than 2.5 goals. The last 3 matches between both the nations too have produced fewer than 3 goals. Neither team is in great goal-scoring form and the situation in the tournament is also quite tense. We think another low-scoring game is likely.
England has kept a clean sheet in 4 of its last 8 matches across competitions, and we find it highly unlikely that a much weaker Italian team will be able to breach its defenses. Italy, on the other hand, has found keeping a clean sheet a real challenge.